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Welcome to My Fred's Team Page - 2017 NYC Marathon!

Name: Peter Shearer
Event: TCS New York City Marathon
Date: November 5, 2017

In April 2016 I noticed a swollen lymph node under my left jaw. It was odd because I wasn't feeling sick, but I'm chronically tired so I sort of chalked it up to that. It didn't go away. After a month I emailed colleagues at work, finagled a quick appointment and soon found myself in the exam chair of an ENT surgeon with him saying, "Hmmm. That doesn't feel right. Let's biopsy it." Within 10 minutes he had done the needle biopsy and I began my journey into the world of cancer.

Less that one week later I was diagnosed with Follicular Lymphoma. Exactly one week after I received my diagnosis in April 2016 I ran the Boston Marathon in a fantastic time of 3:33. My diagnosis with cancer will be forever tied in my mind to my ability to run so well while carrying this disease. A few weeks later, after surgical removal of the offending lymph nodes, a PET scan and a bone marrow biopsy, I learned from my doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering that this cancer is present throughout my body.

I am fortunate that it is regarded as an indolent cancer (inlent: adjective; wanting to avoid activity or exertion; lazy. Synonyms: lazy, idle, slothful, loafing, do-nothing. Medical definition: causing little or no pain; slow to develop or heal.) It is also regarded as very treatable, but also incurable. I am told that within the next 5-10 years I will almost certainly develop symptoms - fever, night sweats, bulky lymph nodes (!)- that will require 6 months of chemotherapy with all the typical side effects. That will make the cancer cells recede and the symptoms abate, but they will likely return within 10 years after that. Then more chemo. The best news is that the current developments in immunologic and other cancer treatments show strong activity against Follicular Lymphoma and the hopes are that by the time I even need those there will have been even more and better treatments with fewer side effects.

I'm running and raising money with Fred's Team to advance cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). MSK is leading the way in cutting-edge treatments by using its expertise to discover new ways to fight cancer--worldwide.

Too many of us have been touched by this disease. By raising the funds needed, I give doctors and researchers the freedom to do what they do best: fight cancer through innovation. For me, this is deeply personal. Your dollars directly translate into my ability to live with this disease, to continue to be a loving husband and father, a caring physician and a fast runner.

Your donation will make important progress in cancer research possible and improve the lives of countless patients and their families. Together, we continue to make great strides against this disease.

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